Jason Pt. 1.5
One trait that many of the gods in Greek Mythology had in common was pettiness. Hera, the Queen of all the heavens, hated King Pelias because he chose to honor all the Gods when he took the throne but omitted her. She considered this an insult worth his death, but this had to be done carefully. This hatred provoked her to focus her attention on Jason.
She needed a true hero to exact her revenge on King Pelias. To do that, she had to guide Jason’s fate. For example, Hera was behind Jason ending up with Chiron where he received a proper hero’s training.
Jason grew up, and Hera made sure that he had the heart of a true hero before bestowing all of her divine aid to him. Jason did leave Chiron’s care and set off to reclaim his throne. At this point, Hera decided to test the young hero. On his way to his kingdom, Jason came across an old woman who asked for help crossing the stream. It was up to him to continue his course and pay her no mind or help the old lady.
The heart of the hero shined because he did not worry about his quest when he saw that this old woman needed his help. Jason carried her on his back and crossed the stream with her. Not long after this, he began to feel like he would not be able to complete the task because the old woman was heavier than he imagined.
The old woman was actually Hera in disguise. Now, some wrote that she revealed herself to Jason while others wrote that she never revealed herself to her savior. Still, he had passed her test, and Hera vowed to help Jason and his endeavors from then on.
It should be noted that Jason lost his sandal during the stream crossing, which may sound insignificant, but an oracle spoke to King Pelias and warned him that a stranger with a single sandal would be dangerous to him.
Jason continued on his journey but now with the full support of the Queen of Olympus, even if he was not aware of this.